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Thanks Sil for including this one.
Not sure why I’m drinking Irish Breakfast at 8:00 PM but oh well that’s how I’m rolling today.
This is a little bit of everything, a bit tart, a bit astringent, a bit malty. Not my favorite blend, but pretty good. Yep – I’m ok with this tonight.

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Tart, tangy, a little edgy, this is a rich cup. It’s potent! Tasting of wood, leather, malt, tobacco, sour rye. It would best be served with breakfast, but instead I had it with a sweet treat:
2 apples, dices & sautéed in coconut oil, then sprinkled with cardamom (or cinnamon, or both…nutmeg is another option). Add a little vanilla & melt a couple T of coconut butter, or just add a little coconut milk…or other kind of milk…
Meanwhile, dissolve 1 T of gelatin in cold 1/4 water, or some kind of milk.
When the apples are tender & everything seems just right (and the planets are perfectly aligned) stir in the gelatin, stir it around to make sure it is all dissolved, then divide everything between a serving dish or 2 & refrigerate for an hour or 2.

I’m in love with gelatin right now. I bought some frozen peaches today to make a peach & coconut milk one tomorrow. I think I’m gonna make a banana coconut milk pudding in a little while. I just can’t get enough! Perfect with a robust cup of tea!

Thanks to Sil for this tea, and that’s another Sipdown, folks!

PS. I should have drank this yesterday, since it was St. Pat’s!

TeaExplorer

Wow, those gelatin ideas sound great! I’ve never tried anything like that, but now I’m going to :)

Terri HarpLady

Tonight I opened a can of coconut milk, blended it with a couple bananas, 2 egg yolks, vanilla, a little maple syrup, cardamom & nutmeg (I’m out of cinnamon). Then while the gelatin was ‘blooming’ in 1/4c cold water, I gently heated everything else. You don’t want it to boil, just get warm enough so that when you add the gelatin it dissolves the rest of the way. I put banana slices in 4 ramekins, poured the mixture over them, & after a few hours in the frig I just ate one of them. I get another one for breakfast! I’m on a ‘jello’ kick. I think tomorrow I’m going to blend a can of coconut milk, frozen peaches that have been allowed to thaw, the same spices, etc.
Check this link out (although most of these things are probably way too sweet for me!)
http://paleoparents.com/2014/gelatin-why-we-love-it-and-60-delicious-family-friendly-recipes-using-it/

OMGsrsly

I have frozen mangoes and coconut milk. This sounds AWESOME!

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
891 tasting notes

Mmmmmm I LOVE pear and I don’t hate rooibos – so I was pretty happy to see this in the box from Sil – and I think she got it from OMGsrsly. LOL I just find it so interesting how teas just get passed on and around. This is an amazing community of generous people.
I’m finding this to be more pear than rooibos, but there is some woodiness in the background. I would like this to be a little more tart – it’s pretty sweet, like over ripe pears or maybe canned pears – but tasty none the less.
I’ve spent most of the day napping and snuggling with the cat – I think he really missed me while I was away. He’s being a little cranky, wants to be mad at me but the need for Mommy snuggles seems to be winning. Nice relaxing (recovery) day with some good tea from friends. :))

OMGsrsly

I know I’ve got this for people before, but I think Sil got it for herself. :)

Dexter

There was a conversation on one of your tasting notes that suggested you were sending some to Sil – sorry for the mis-interpretation. :)) Thanks Sil for the sample….

OMGsrsly

Huh. I totally don’t remember that!

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I’ve been mia a bit..but i’m stilll drinking tea. This one was finished up this weekend by mom and I on our quest for the shitty weekend dress shopping experience ever. there will be more of this in my future but not in 100G size damnit!

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too lazy to write notes tonight…esp in light of ppl saying they’re having issues.

Cameron B.

The issues are mostly gone for me at this time. It was just this morning that I was having a hard time with notes and comments. :)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t hardly been on, so I guess I’ve missed all that. which is good, lol

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this is the oldest tea in my cupboard…and it’s lasting forever! no matter how much i drink it lol. Once this is done, my cupboard is basically 6 months old. not much else to say about this one beyond the fact that i love it with a little maple. and it’s NOT a smokey tea

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this + maple = yum! not much else to say that hasn’t been said before..i’d totally get this again but 50g please! haha not that i’m done my first 100g yet

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mmm had a cup of this earlier today as well with a splash of maple syrup. I still wish they had let me pick up 50g instead since this 100g is taking me forever to finish up haha

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whoohoo! finally on today’s teas lol this is pretty much my last day in november to drink teas given the travelling that’s coming up, so i’m trying to enjoy it. the snow is falling outside, and i’m sitting (in between working) in our kitchen nook watching it fall, drinking my tea. perfect only marred by the absence of my other half since he’s at work and can’t exactly do that from home. I do still enjoy this tea – it’s bold and strong and delicious. I just wish that steam would do 50g instead of this 100g crap. even if i adore a tea, i’d rather pick up 50g and place another order when i get through that amount – if only to keep my cupboard under control! thanks agin though for introducing me, omgsrsly :)

OMGsrsly

Snow. Snow? Just. Already?

OMGsrsly

THEY DO 50G! I have no idea why you had problems that one day. I’ve seen other people ask for 50g too. (Unless you’re just saying this because you want 100g After Dark, which could be arranged.)

Sil

hahaha we’re supposed to get 27cm or some nonsense like that? Which i’m ok with because i love snow..but not ok with if i get snowed in to chicago and miss vacation…

and i asked for 50g when i went and they said NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :( after dark is the exception to that rule….i feel like i could have a pound of that ant not get tired of it..except that i’m sure i would… but you know….

also..i totally set aside a sample to send courtney and she’s all mostly mia..so part of me is like…i could have that cup…and then buy more…and send her more later lol

OMGsrsly

I need to feel better before I go tea shopping and get you your After Dark to send.

Kittenna

looks up After Dark O.o

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mmm..happiness is a cup of this one in the afternoon sun while i read my book. My other half is going to be working as much as possible over the next few weeks, which means that i’ll have a lot more time on my hands to be hanging out alone at the house. Suits me just fine as it forces me to slow down and do things like open up my books…sit…relax…drink more tea! haha.

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what i have successfully concluded after a few cups of this tea is that i don’t like it in a travel mug. There’s something about this tea that begs for a giant ceramic mug….something to wrap my hands around and feel the warmth while i savour this one. Because i DO like it..but it’s not a brew for anyone who likes meek teas. This one says HAAALLOOOOOO in a deep booming voice. it’s great. :)

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ugh quick..before it breaks again. must get reviews/number counts in

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
6306 tasting notes

26/28 sipdowns

omgsrsly this is great as a latte! i wanted a change of pace so i dug this one out to make as a latte. it’s really nice this way. I like this straight but as a latte it’s just a creamier delicious black current creamy drink. NOMS!

Nicole

I never think about trying the fruit teas as lattes. Makes sense if you like pies a la mode or fruit with cream… Hm. I see experiments in my future.

Sil

haha yeah i’m not sure why this one popped in to my head to do that..but it did and i’m glad!

OMGsrsly

Good to know! :) I’m gonna have to try it.

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
6306 tasting notes

this one is super uber nice. omgsrsly sent this my way and because of work i don’t have much time for saying a lot. is this black currant? yes! is it tasty? YES! am i glad i have a little more? YES! :) thank you omgsrsly!

OMGsrsly

:) I need more of this one. It’s really nice iced (I never tried cold brew, but flash chilled it’s good).

Sil

ooh i’ll have to try that. I was going to turn it into a latte but cold brew would work…

OMGsrsly

GASP. Latte.

Sil

hahahaha

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drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
6306 tasting notes

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I had this as a latte last night and it was deeelicious! thanks for the thought ombsrsly this is a tea that i would consider stocking as part of my few flavoured puerhs tha ti enjoy, though it’s not my all time favourite. I do relaly like the combination they have going on here though. Thanks for letting me try this one out omg!

Final Count yesterday: 169 because of the awesomeness of Dexter…i’ll forgive you this time! ;)

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drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
6306 tasting notes

must remember to have the last of this as a latte. Another sample from OMGSRSLY?!?!?! because i have to get my drink on! Not a sipdown but it’s one step closer to one…and a step closer to getting rid of the boxes of samples in my house at the moment lol I’m not sure what a hazelberry is…but this is tasty and delicious and i will be enjoying more!

OMGsrsly

:P Hazelnut and strawberry. I had to ask when I bought it.

Sil

that makes sense lol

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
6306 tasting notes

thank you omgsrsly this one isn’t bad. it’s still not the pear tea i want it to be… somewhere between 5-9 mins is the sweet spot. 5 mins isn’t enough pear and 9+ mins is too rooibosy. but it’s been fun to try this one. The rest of this is off to dexter to try out whenever her box fills up on this end heh

Nicole

Pear seems like it is really hard to get right.

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
6306 tasting notes

thank you omgsrsly for braving the PEAR to pick this upt for me (and i think dexter?) I am actually really enjoying this one, though i think i’ll let it steep a little longer next time as the rooibos is coming through but not enough of the pear is. This is pear juice. like the juice from fruit cups…except mixed with the rooibos it’s not nearly as sweet or intense…it’s tasty delicious. i just want.moar.pear. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I sent the rest to Anna. Sorry Dexter! If you want some I can grab a sample for you.

Sil

No I can send her some..you sent me lots :) I just couldn’t remember who the other person was lol

OMGsrsly

Ok! Phew. Yeah, I sent the rest of the package to Anna. :)

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
2368 tasting notes

Every time I saw this reviewed, I would get really excited about it because everyone makes it sound so good but when I read the ingredients I lose interest because it is filled with a whole bunch of things I tend to avoid. However, when I was visiting Sil, she have me a sample so I could finally try it for myself. Sipping it now, I want to love it. I really, really do but I am getting a whole lot of cardamom, a little but of dark chocolate, and not much else. It’s not bad but it’s not something I personally would stock. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to see for myself what this tea is all about and I am especially grateful because I know how much of a fan you are :)

Courtney

I always have the exact same reaction! Sil makes it sounds amazingly delicious, then I check the ingredients and lose interest.

Marzipan

I’m pretty over red rooibos.

VariaTEA

Well I will say the rooibos doesn’t have a heavy presence at all which I know is something you dislike

Sil

haha yeah it’s not a rooibos tea…but, as variaTEA mentioned, if you don’t like the other ingredients, you won’t like this one :)

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Aw crap. I guess I lied when I said the last note was my last note.
I forgot I drank the rest of this sample from Courtney earlier tonight while my hubby and I were watching the making of Diagon Alley special to ramp up our excitement for our trip to Florida in the fall.

I was also working on a banner for my mom’s surprise birthday/retirement party this weekend.

That is to say, I was majorly distracted as I drank this.

I addd milk. It was a comforting cup. But not nearly as mapley as I’d like a maple tea to be.
Probably if you would just give me pure maple syrup to drink, that would maybe be mapley enough.

I’m a tough Canadian to please!

Thanks for sending this for me to try, Courtney, I can cross it off my list now! :)

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I think something must be wrong with my tastebuds, because I was so excited for maple but really got a total lack of flavour from my cup.

Sad!

I think that’s because coming from New Brunswick I know how delicious real maple is, so I expect a maple tea at the very least should taste like it would with real maple syrup added to it. This was so faint!

I will try again later with the rest of my sample, maybe with the addition of some real syrup :)

Thank you for sending it my way to try, Courtney!

Kaylee

And it has such an appealing name too!

whatshesaid

I know, right?!

Courtney

Oh no! Gasp. I am tempted to send more so you can experiment. I enjoy this one, but I drink it very rarely.

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